“Depression is awful beyond words or sounds or images……it bleeds relationships through suspicion, lack of confidence and self-respect, the inability to enjoy life to walk or talk or think normally, the exhaustion, the night terrors, the day terrors….depression gives you the experience of how it is to be old, to be old and sick, to be dying; to be slow of mind, to be lacking in grace, polish coordination to be ugly, to have no belief in the possibilities of life, exquisiteness of music or the ability to make yourself and others laugh.”
Depression is flat, hollow and unendurable…tiresome. People cannot abide being around you…you are tedious, irritable, paranoid humorless, lifeless, critical, demanding, no reassurance is ever enough. You are frightened and you’re frightening……………
Depression is dark days and endless nights, trivial mundane tasks become insurmountable, none of the former past times bring joy to the afflicted, only sadness.” Kay Jamieson (Bipolar Survivor)
Depression has a domino effect, one defeat leads to another and another.
One of the few mysteries of depression is why people succumb when they do, why a blow that cripples one person is taken in stride by another and why a person who has survived great adversity is laid low by one of life’s predictable stumbling blocks. A casual observer may under estimate the severity of emotional distress caused by such events.